Mahler: Symphony no.9 conducted by Hartmut Haenchen
Hartmut Haenchen conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, performing the Symphony no.9 by Gustav Mahler. Video concert live from the Auditorium of Radio France (Paris), Thursday 29 March 2018.
The life of Gustav Mahler took a sad and painful turn in his final years. In 1907, recovering from the loss of his daughter to scarlet fever, he learned that he himself was suffering from a heart condition. His final works are unsurprisingly tainted with sombre colours, and the Symphony no.9 in D major (1909), is no exception. Musicologist Marc Vignal finds within the work a “reflection upon Death, and a second song of farewell to the Earth”.
Each of its four movements is written in a different key (D major, C major, a minor, and D flat major). A unique feature for the symphonic genre, the work opens and closes with a slow movement, enclosing two livelier movements: a Laendler and a Rondo-Burleske. Similarly to the Symphony no.8 and TheSong of the Earth, the work continues “the assimilation of vocal and instrumental music”, despite in this case calling for “only instruments”.
The Symphony no.9 was first performed in Vienna on 26 June 1912, over a year after its composer’s death.
- Hartmut HaenchenConductor
- Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio FranceOrchestra